Bible Study Outline 2020

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THE TRUTH OF THE GOSPEL
2020 BIBLE STUDY OUTLINE
Theme: The Mystery of Prayer
NOTES:

  1. The study should last for at least one hour.
  2. All the Bible passages must be read aloud in the class.
  3. Additional relevant references may be used.
  4. Participation of everyone in the class should be ensured.
  5. Serious prayer in line with the study of the day must round off the study
  6. Issues that are not clear should be clarified from the Vessel of God.
    Week 1
    Understanding Prayer
    *Introduction: Prayer is the only means to talk to God.
    *Prayer is divine communication/dialogue between man and God – Ps 99: 6; 118: 5; Gen 18: 17-32; Hab 1: 2-6.
    *Prayer is the Christian staff/rod to walk with God (James Montgomery; Read CAC Hymn No. 7).
    *Prayer is result. Without result, you have not prayed. That result is testimony (I Sam 1: 27).
    *Application: Prayer in line with the study.

Week 2
Prayer as Supplication/Petition
*Introduction: Prayer has diverse types. Supplication and petition are the least.
*Supplications are normal requests channeled unto God Ps 142: 1; 55: 1; Dan 6: 7, 11
*Petitions may be explained as appeals Ps 118: 25.
*Application: Prayer in line with the study.


Week 3
Prayer as Wrestling
*Introduction: If you have ever watched wresting game, it typifies a prayer type.
*The story of Jacob’s wrestling with the Angel described this kind of praying Gen 32: 22-31.
*It is always prolonged and persistent; a kind of praying to win at all cost
*Application: Prayer in line with the study.


Week 4
Prayer as Weapon of War
*Introduction: Prayer may be used as weapon of war to fight the devil and principalities.
*Principle of the warfare Jm 4: 7.
*Example: Ps 118: 10-12.
*Application: Prayer in line with the study.


Week 5
Prayer as a Sickle/Go-to-hell Tool
*Introduction: Prayer can be used to harvest goodness, fortunes and spiritual blessings.
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*Like a drawer from a well Is 12: 2-3
*David’s prayers drew prosperity, honour and long life to him I Chr 29: 28

  • See what this kind of prayer can do Is 60: 1-7
    *Application: Prayer in line with the study.

Week 6
Prayer as a Command/Decree
*Introduction: There is what we can call prayer of command or prayer of decree.

  • We cannot command God. Isaiah 45: 11 is always wrongly interpreted (Check RSV or other translations)
  • We can command Angel (Heb 1: 14)
  • We can command the devil (Zech 3: 2; Jd 1: 9; Lk 4: 8)
  • We can command any mountain (Zech 4: 6)
  • We can command demons and sickness (Acts 16: 18; Ps 18: 44-45), etc.
  • Decree: Job 22: 28; Mt 18: 18; I Kg 17: 1; Mk 11: 12-25; Js 10:1-15.
    *Application: Prayer in line with the study.

Week 7
Healing and Deliverance Prayers
*Introduction: These are prayers specifically meant for healing and deliverance; be it personal or for others.

  • Standing orders on healing the sick Jm 5: 14; Mk 16: 18.
  • Samples of deliverance prayers for self -II Tim 4: 18; Ps 39: 8; 51: 14; 43: 1; 59: 2; 69: 14; 119: 153; 142: 6; 144: 7.
    *Application: Prayer in line with the study.

Week 8
Prayer as Intercession
*Introduction: Intercession is pleading on behalf of others, visions/projects, groups, institutions, societies and nations. Intercession may be practiced as individuals or as a ministry.

  • The command: I Tim 2: 1-3
  • Learning from a Role Model Neh 1: 4-11
  • Ps 122: 6
    *Application: Prayer in line with the study.

Week 9
Prayer as the Heart-Beat of the Church
*Introduction: Prayer is what shows whether a church is still alive or not. Our Church must be a praying one.

  • Study Acts 12: 5; II Tim 1: 3; Eph 1: 16.
  • Study Philemon 1: 4; II Tim 1: 3; Eph 6: 18-19.
    *Application

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Week 10
Praying in the Spirit
*Introduction: Praying in the Spirit literally means praying in tongues. It is a higher form of praying.
*Study Eph 6:18.

  • Study I Cor 14: 5-6, 14-15.
    *Baptism of the Holy Spirit is a must. If you are yet to be baptized in the Holy Spirit, you need to pray for it.
    *Application: Prayer in line with the study.

Week 11
The Holy Spirit in Prayer
*Introduction: The Holy Spirit plays a vital role in prayer. We need to understand this higher level of praying.

  • Rom 8: 26-27
  • The Holy Spirit also takes over prayer from us and prays it from within us.
    *Only people who are led by the Spirit can experience this.
    *Application: Prayer in line with the study.

Week 12
Prophetic Praying
*Introduction: It means praying prophetically. It is another higher dimension of praying.
*Learning from Ez 37: 1-14
*Note that the prayer speaks directly to situations.
*This prayer must declare what God has said: ‘Thus says the Lord’.
*Application: Prayer in line with the study.


Week 13
The Power Aspect of Prayer
*Introduction: According to E.M. Bound, the power aspect of prayer is Revelation. Which means without it, prayer is limited.
*Learning from II Cor 12: 1-4.
*Always focus what God would say after praying.
*Application: Prayer in line with the study.


Week 14
Watchfulness in Prayer
*Introduction: Prayer alone without watchfulness is of no effect.
*Watchfulness means alertness, vigilance, extra-careful.

  • Study Mt 26:41.
  • Study Eph 6: 18.
    *Application: Prayer in line with the study.

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Week 15
Thanksgiving in Prayer
*Introduction: Thanksgiving is to express appreciation to God.
*Thanksgiving along with praise should precede all praying. Ps 100: 4.
*Al prayers should be saturated with thanksgiving. Phil 4: 6.

  • What can we bring out from I Thes 5: 18?
  • Application: Prayer in line with the study.

Week 16
Fasting in Prayer
*Introduction: Fasting is to deny ourselves of food, drink, sex and other enjoyment for spiritual purposes.

  • Fasting, a must for deliverance ministry Mt 17: 21.
  • Fasting for power as Jesus did.
  • We also fast to subdue our flesh and strengthen our spirit man.
  • Application: Prayer in line with the study.

Week 17
Another Type of Fasting in Prayer
*Introduction: God introduces another king of fasting that He delights in.

  • Examine Is 58: 5-9.
    *What are the benefits?
  • Application: Prayer in line with the study.

Week 18
The Word of God in Prayer
*Introduction: The word of God here refers to the Bible. Children of God must digest the contents. It is one of the powerful ingredients that make prayer effective.

  • Study Mt 4: 4-10.
  • Study Gal 4: 27.
  • Application: Prayer in line with the study.

Week 19
Unity in Prayer
*Introduction: Unity and oneness among people that pray, constitute another effective ingredient of prayer.

  • Examine Acts 2: 1-2.
  • Application: Prayer in line with the study.

Week 20
Humility in Prayer
*Introduction: Humility is a lifestyle of self-debasement. It attracts God’s attention.

  • Study II Chr 7:14.
  • Study Is. 66:2; Lk 18:10-14; Jm 4: 6.
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  • Application: Prayer in line with the study.

Week 21
Prayer of Agreement
*Introduction: Prayer of agreement takes place between two or more people.

  • Examine Mt 18: 19
  • How do we offer prayers of agreement?
  • Application: Prayer in line with the study.

Week 22
Praying without Ceasing
*Introduction: This is one of the conditions for praying. Unfortunately, we are weak in this area.
*Study I Thes. 5:17
*Compare Ps 55: 17 with I Thes 5: 17.

  • We must practice Acts 3:1.
  • Application: Prayer in line with the study.

Week 23
No Vain Repetition
*Introduction: This is one of the rules of praying as laid down by Christ. Vain repetition is needless repetition of prayer points.

  • Examine Mt 6: 7-8
  • What is the difference between vain repetition and Jn 16: 24?
  • Application: Prayer in line with the study.

Week 24
Praying in the Secret
*Introduction: Jesus discourages hypocrisy and praying for a show-off, the way the Pharisees do. This does not rule out corporate public praying.

  • Study Mt 6: 5-6
    *What are various ways to pray in the secret?
  • Application: Prayer in line with the study.

Week 25
The Lord’s Prayer
*Introduction: Jesus gave us the template to follow in our prayers

  • Study Mt 6: 9-13
  • Identify the main components there
  • Can we add other prayer points? Yes. But they must be accommodated under each category.
  • Application: Prayer in line with the study.

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Week 26
The Promise of God for Prayer: Ask and It shall be Given
*Introduction: This is one of the profoundest promises of God for prayer. Believe it.

  • Bring out the points in Mt 7:7-8.
  • Examine Jn 16: 2
  • Application: Prayer in line with the study.

Week 27
The Promise of God for Prayer: All Things, Whatsoever…
*Introduction: This promise is just too fantastic. It sound like too good to be real.

  • Read Mt 21:21-22.
  • What are the promises and the attached condition?
  • Application: Prayer in line with the study.

Week 28
The Promise of God for Prayer: If You Abide in Me…
*Introduction: This promise by Christ carries conditions just like others

  • Examine the two conditions in John 15: 7.
  • Examine the richness of the promise.
  • Application: Prayer in line with the study.

Week 29
The Promise of God for Prayer: Anyone who call the Name of the Lord…
*Introduction: This promise implies that everybody has the right to pray to God.

  • Read Acts 4:12.
  • Explain the implications of this promise.
  • Application: Prayer in line with the study.

Week 30
Other Dimensions of Prayer- depths, widths & heights
*Introduction: We have examined various prayer types and dimensions such as praying in the Spirit and prophetic praying. But, still prayer is so deep, wide and far high in dimensions than we think.

  • Identify the dimensions in Is 62: 1-2, 6-7. Dan 10: 2-3.
  • Identify the dimensions in Mt 4: 2; I Kg 18: 42-45.
  • Identify the dimensions in Heb 5: 7; II Cor 12: 1-4.
  • Application: Prayer in line with the study.

Week 31
Hindrance to Prayer: Sin
*Introduction: Hindrances are reasons why most prayers are not answered. Sin is the greatest hindrance.
*Study Is 59: 1-4.
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  • Study Jm 4: 2.
  • Study Jn 9: 31; Ps 66: 18.
  • Application: Prayer in line with the study.

Week 32
Hindrance to Prayer: Unbelief and Doubt
*Introduction: Unbelief is the opposite of faith, while doubt is reservation, suspicion and backing out from an existing belief. Both are hindrances.

  • Unbelief (Mt 17: 20; 13: 58)
  • Doubt (Jm 1: 6-7)
  • What are the causes of the two?
  • Application

Week 33
Hindrance to Prayer: Praying Amiss
*Introduction: Many people who pray today are really asking for wrong things; it is called praying amiss.

  • Examine Jm 4: 3a
  • Examine Mt 20: 20-22
  • Application: Prayer in line with the study.

Week 34
Hindrance to Prayer: Wrong Purpose in Prayer
*Introduction: Legitimate prayer points that carry wrong purpose in the heart may not be answered.

  • Read Jm 4: 3b
    *Examine Is 58: 3-4
  • What is the cause of wrong purpose in prayer? I Jn 2: 15.
  • Application: Prayer in line with the study.

Week 35
Hindrance to Prayer: Inconsistency in Prayer
*Introduction: Inconsistency in prayer is to pray occasionally or when one is in crisis only. This is not ideal.

  • Study Ps 84: 11
  • Study Lk 18: 1
  • Application: Prayer in line with the study.

Week 36
Hindrance to Prayer: Anxiety
*Introduction: Anxiety is worry. It does no good.

  • The command of Christ. Mt 6: 25-32.
  • Golden rule in prayer. Phil 4: 6.
  • Application: Prayer in line with the study.
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Week 37
Principalities in Prayer
*Introduction: Satan and principalities do hinder prayers, even when one is righteous.

  • Learn from Dan 10: 2-14.
  • Examine Zech 3: 1.
  • Application: Prayer in line with the study.

Week 38
The Promise of God for Prayer: Call unto Me
*Introduction: God made wonderful promises for people that pray, one of which we shall study today.

  • Bring out the points in Jer 33:3.
  • Study Ps 56: 9.
  • Application: Prayer in line with the study.

Week 39
The Prayer of Elijah
*Introduction: Elijah was a role model in praying.

  • Study Jm 5: 17.
  • Study I Kg 18: 30-39.
  • Application: Prayer in line with the study.

Week 40
The Prayer of Elisha
*Introduction: Elisha’s philosophy of prayer has a lot to teach us.

  • Examine II Kg 6: 15-23.
  • What are the differences between Elijah and Elisha in prayer?
  • Application: Prayer in line with the study.

Week 41
The Prayer of Hannah
*Introduction: The petition of Hannah is a classic one. We need to learn from it.

  • See I Sam 1: 9-18.
  • What was the role of Eli as a Priest?
  • Application: Prayer in line with the study.

Week 42
The Prayer of Samson
*Introduction: Samson messed up and got the consequence, but he prayed for mercy.

  • Read Jg 16: 20-30.
  • What are the lessons in the story?
  • Application: If God answered Samson, He can answer me too. Prayer in line with the study.
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Week 43
The Prayer of Solomon
*Introduction: Solomon prayed a long prayer while dedicating the temple.
*Examine IKg 3: 1-15
*Can we learn anything in IKg 8: 22-52?

  • Application: Prayer in line with the study.

Week 44
The Prayer of Jabez
*Introduction: Jabez life and prayerThis promise carries conditions just like others

  • I Chr 4: 9-10
  • What makes Jabez prayer special?
  • Application: Prayer in line with the study.

Week 45
The Prayer of the Thief on the Cross
*Introduction: The simple prayer of the thief on the cross speaks volumes. Let us learn from it.

  • Study Lk 23: 39-43.
  • What should you and I do to avoid the content of Mt 10 16?
  • Application: Prayer in line with the study.

Week 46
The Prayer of Jesus I
*Introduction: Jesus was the greatest prayer man that ever lived. His prayer life is beyond compare.

  • Examine Lk 1: 35; 6: 12; 5.
  • Examine Lk 16; 22: 39
  • Application: Prayer in line with the study.

Week 47
The Prayer of Jesus II
*Introduction: Jesus also had his trying times, one of which was his betrayal, suffering and crucifixion. He indeed was sorrowful but he prayed to overcome his troubles.

  • Read Mt 26: 36-46
  • What can you deduce from Jesus prayer in Gethsemane?
  • Application: Prayer in line with the study.

Week 48
Other Conditions for Answered Prayers
*Introduction: Let us examine other conditions for answered prayers, so that we can have results in praying.

  • Study Jn 9: 31.
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  • Study Jn 14: 13.
  • Study I Jn 5: 14-15.
  • Application: Prayer in line with the study.

Week 49
Prayer and Work
*Introduction: Prayer and work; no one counters each other; they rather compliment. Taking step after praying is what makes praying meaningful. Like some people say Pray as if you have not worked and work as if you have not prayed.

  • Examine Eccl 11: 1, 6.
  • Examine Jn 5: 17.
  • Application: Prayer in line with the study.

Week 50
Answers to Prayer
*Introduction: Yes, God answers prayers, but there are various answers He gives. We need to understand this mystery.

  • Instant ‘Yes’ from God (Ps 107: 6, 19, 28).
  • He would do it but not immediate (Gen 30: 22-24; Acts 24: 24-27).
  • He would do it but in another way (I Kg 3: 4-14).
  • God may answer No if the request is not His will (II Cor 12: 7-9; I Sam 14: 36-37).
  • Application: Prayer in line with the study.

Week 51
Prayer for Enemies
*Introduction: ‘Destroy my enemies’ in David’s Psalms cannot be in all cases. The same David had the chance to kill Saul, his arch-enemy but refused to kill him (I Sam 24-28). Also, consider Joseph and his brothers’ case.
*Read Ps 23: 5.
*Read II Sam 15: 31.
*Study Lk 9: 52-56; Mt 5: 38-48.

  • Application: Prayer in line with the study.

Week 52
The Ultimate End in Prayer
*Introduction: With all prayers, intercessions, fastings and groanings, the final end of prayer is this: it is what God would do that He will do!

  • Read Mt 6: 10.
  • Read Is 46: 10.
  • Application: Prayer in line with the study.

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